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Women’s Leadership Society

WLS Co-Chairs


Judy Love
Alice Hager

The United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Women’s Leadership Society unites women – their time, talents and resources – into a powerful network of individuals devoted to enhancing and strengthening the community through intergenerational opportunities. With an annual donation of $2,500 or more, these community-minded women leverage the collective power of women supporting the United Way.

The Women’s Leadership Society provides a number of educational opportunities to hear from renowned speakers and researchers on current topics relevant to central Oklahoma. In addition, the group hosts events throughout the year to better the community through the collaboration of networking and philanthropy.

A dedicated group of female philanthropists, Women’s Leadership Society’s focus is developing new leadership for the community through encouragement of intergenerational interaction and mentoring, educational opportunities and a shared vision of community engagement. 

For more information, please contact:

Lexi Skaggs
Director of Major Gifts
lskaggs [at] unitedwayokc [dot] org

Women's Leadership Society Brochure

Steering Committee Members

Amy Reen
Barbara Eskridge
Berta Fay Rex*
Beverly Funke
Charlotte Richels
Donna Lawrence
Jane Harlow
Jane Thompson
Jenee Naifeh Lister
Jenny Love Meyer
Julie Hall
Kathy Martin
Kirk Hammons
Kristin Peck
Martha Burger
Martha Lippert
Mary Melon
Nancy Ellis
Natalie Shirley
Polly Nichols
Robin Roberts Krieger
Sue Ann Arnall
Susan Edwards
Susie Stussi
Theresa Seitz
Teri Maun
Tricia Everest

*posthumous founding member

Women’s Leadership Society Events

Feb. 16, 2017
Cocktails & Conversations with Steven Buck

“Changing Course: How Oklahoma can Improve the Trajectory of Youth in our Juvenile Justice System”
This reception will dig deep into the current situations surrounding juvenile struggles and the challenges of the foster care system. Steven Buck, Executive Director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs, will share how Oklahomans can make a positive difference and help change young lives who are affected.

April 12, 2017
Annual Women’s Leadership Society Luncheon
“Do I Matter? What a Strange Question to ask This Group”
Our annual recruitment luncheon. Hear from Oklahoma City licensed therapist and newspaper columnist Charlotte Lankard. She will address why “Each of Us Matter”.

September 2017
Cocktails and Conversations
Research and Community Investment: Learn how United Way dollars get distributed throughout the community and how research is fueling change and opening eyes.

December 2017
Holly Jolly Gathering
Tis the season for celebrating and giving back. Join us for a light-hearted get together at the home of one of our WLS members. A collection drive will take place to benefit our partner agencies. Live music and festive food and drinks are sure to make this your favorite event of the holiday season.